Net Neutrality Gets Election Night Shellacking


Posted by Kelly William Cobb on Thursday, November 4th, 2010, 3:42 PM PERMALINK

Last Thursday, we wrote about how ninety-five Democrat candidates had taken a pledge to enact Net Neutrality Internet regulations if elected.  We also promised to follow up on how they did in the midterm election on Tuesday Night.

Well, the results are in and every single candidate who signed the Net Neutrality Pledge lost their race.  I had a piece in today's Daily Caller explaining why.  From the op-ed:

Every single signer of the Net Neutrality Pledge lost their election on Tuesday night. They included big name Senate hopefuls Alexi Giannoulias (D-Ill.), Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Penn.), and Rep. Paul Hodes (D-N.H.). In fact, going into the election only one signer (Ann Kuster in New Hampshire's 2nd District) was leading in the polls, and she lost by 2 percentage points.

Most of these races were decided well before the pledge was released. However, it’s clear that those who demand Internet regulations are so radically progressive that Americans overwhelmingly view them as unacceptable candidates. Net neutrality zealots simply do not share the same view as the 75 percent of Americans who believe Internet is “working well” and the 55 percent of Americans opposed to regulating it, according to a recent poll. A vast, bipartisan majority of over 300 members of Congress have realized this and stated opposition to the FCC’s “Title II” plot to regulate the Internet.

Net neutrality is not just a political loser; it’s a horrendous policy. The candidates’ Net Neutrality Pledge used flowery and meaningless language to propose severely onerous regulations. They promised “to protect net neutrality for the entire Internet — wired and wireless,” to ensure there is “free speech online,” and to stand against “any attempt by big corporations to control the Internet.” Yet none of the regulations resulting from this hollow rhetoric would benefit American consumers.

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